I know that guy's face — ubiquitous Scottish character actors

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They seem to pop up everywhere and yet you fumble to find their name. Where have I seen that guy before? He was in (click, click go the fingers), don't tell. Aaaargh! Google it!

They appear in way too many movies and TV series to list here. But between them they have a staggering 824+ acting credits to their names.

Those ubiquitous faces include the following acting credits:

  • Peter Mullan (83)
  • Ian McDiarmid (49)
  • Gary Lewis (117)
  • Graham McTavish (121)
  • Alan Cumming (120)
  • David Hayman (125)
  • Ewan Stewart (82)
  • Ken Stott (62)
  • David O'Hara (65)

(Figures from October 2018 via IMDB)

Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan, Actor: Tyrannosaur. He was interested in directing films at the age of 19 and he made several shorts. As he wasn't admitted to the National Film School, he decided to dedicate himself to acting, and made his debut in the theatre in 1988 before moving to cinema and television.

Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid, Actor: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre.

Gary Lewis (actor) - Wikipedia

Gary Stevenson (born 30 November 1957), better known as Gary Lewis, is a Scottish actor. He has had roles in films such as Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York, and Three and Out , as well as a major role in the television docudrama Supervolcano.

Graham McTavish - Wikipedia

Graham James McTavish (born 4 January 1961) is a Scottish film, television and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Dwalin in The Hobbit film trilogy, Dougal Mackenzie in the Starz television series , and The Saint of Killers in the AMC television series .

David Hayman

David Hayman, Actor: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. David Hayman was born on February 9, 1948 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. He is an actor and director, known for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Sid and Nancy (1986) and Vertical Limit (2000).

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming, Actor: The Anniversary Party. Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate.

Ewan Stewart

Ewan Stewart, Actor: Titanic. Ewan was born in Glasgow, and is the son of the late famous Scottish folk singer Andy Stewart. Ewan's mother Sheila is still alive and lives in Arbroath, Scotland. Ewan was educated at Edinburgh's Merchiston Castle School from 1966 - 1974.

Ken Stott - Wikipedia

Kenneth Campbell Stott (born 19 October 1954) is a Scottish stage, television and film actor who won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1995 in the play Broken Glass at Royal National Theatre.

David O'Hara

David O'Hara, Actor: Braveheart. David O'Hara was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Patrick and Martha O'Hara. After leaving school he was accepted for a Youth Opportunities Programme, at a community theatre based at the Glasgow Arts Centre. It toured local schools under the direction of Robin Peoples.